by Astrid Zweynert
Companies need to look beyond labels such as gay or lesbian and embrace the whole spectrum of sexuality and gender identity to be truly inclusive in their workforce, the founder of the world's largest app for gay women says.
More than half of the world's countries do not protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people against workplace discrimination.
A growing body of research indicates this has a negative economic impact and limits companies' ability to attract staff, in particular young people, according to Robyn Exton, founder of HER, who was attending at conference on gay rights in the workplace.
"It has become clear that millennials want to work for companies that are inclusive," Exton, whose app has more than two million users in 55 countries, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.